Council COVID update

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Further to the email sent last Friday advising of the easing of restrictions that occurred from 11:59pm on Thursday 18th November, we can now confirm the following settings as they apply to community sport and physical recreation. An updated version of the Club Safe Guide and FAQs will be circulated early next week.

Physical Recreation (any activity that is not associated with competition or training for competitions overseen by a state sporting association or equivalent governing body, including non-competitive casual sport and social play, community events (such as ParkRun), self-defence classes, and fitness and gym classes.)

  • Density quotients and venue caps no longer apply to indoor or outdoor premises.
  • All persons aged 12 years and 2 months or older, who are participating in or facilitating physical recreation must be fully vaccinated unless a medical exemption applies.
  • COVID Check-in Marshals are required to ensure that the attendance of all patrons is recorded AND check the vaccination status of all patrons aged 12 years and 2 months or older.
  • Unstaffed, outdoor physical recreation facilities do not require COVID Check-in Marshals and are exempt from vaccination requirements. Please note that unstaffed premises are only those that can be accessed by club members or casual users without a representative of the club present. When a club representative (either a paid staff member or volunteer) is present to facilitate an activity or access to the premises, they (or another staff member/volunteer) must ensure that all patrons are checked-in and fully vaccinated.

Community sport (competitions and training for the purpose of competition overseen by a state sporting association or equivalent governing body, such as country football and netball competitions overseen by AFL Victoria and Netball Victoria. This includes entry level programs (for example AusKick and Cricket Blast), ‘come and try’ days run by state sporting associations or equivalent governing bodies, as well as training for coaches and umpires.)

  • Density quotients and venue caps no longer apply to indoor or outdoor premises.
  • Vaccination requirements do not apply where community sport is taking place in an indoor or outdoor space operating solely for the purposes of conducting a community sport activity. If physical recreation activities are taking place in the same space simultaneously then the requirements for physical recreation must be applied.
  • The exception to vaccination requirements for community sport does not extend to non-sporting activities associated with community sport, such as social nights, fundraising events or committee meetings.
  • COVID Check-in Marshals are required to ensure that the attendance of all patrons is recorded.

The settings regarding use of pavilions/club rooms remain the same, however the density quotient no longer applies.

Face masks are no longer required in most settings but are strongly recommended where physical distancing cannot be maintained. Paid staff or volunteers serving food or drink to patrons (e.g. bar, canteen) must wear a face mask as per hospitality guidelines. We are seeking clarification as to whether face masks are required for indoor, community sport settings when not engaged in strenuous activity, and will provide confirmation as soon as possible.

We understand that there is concern amongst some clubs and community members that vaccination requirements do not apply to community sport, and note that the settings outlined above are the minimum standards to be adhered to. Businesses and organisations (including sport clubs) can choose to impose additional conditions of entry above those required by the Open Premises Directions (e.g. a vaccination requirement for community sport participants despite the availability of an exception). 

Once again, we thank you for your patience and support in keeping the community safe. Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any questions.

Kind regards,

William Bullock
Acting Operations Coordinator - Sport and Recreation